Italian King’s Remains Returned to Italy, but not Without Controversy


King Victor Emmanuel III was praised for his rule during WWI, but drew criticism for allowing the rise of fascism.

The following article, written by Giovanni Legorano, appears on The Wall Street Journal. 

The remains of Italy’s exiled King Victor Emmanuel III, praised by some for his rule during World War I but criticized for permitting the rise of fascism in the years leading up to the second world war, were returned from Egypt for burial in his homeland.

His body was interred Sunday in a family mausoleum in a sanctuary in Vicoforte, south of Turin; he died in 1947, a year after he and his wife, Queen Elena, left Italy for exile in Egypt. Queen Elena’s remains were transferred on Friday to the mausoleum from Montpellier, France, where she lived after her husband’s death. She died in 1959.

Some descendants of the monarchy, which had a relatively brief tenure in Italy—from 1861 to 1946—said they were angered that the king’s remains were returned to Italy without fanfare and that they were denied a burial in the Pantheon, the former Roman temple that is now a church, where other royals, including two kings and a queen, are interred.

Victor Emmanuel’s great-grandson, Emmanuel Filiberto, decried that decision on Sunday. Continue reading at WSJ.com. 

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